1. January 25, 2016

    Technical Difficulties with an Online Meeting Agenda Does Not Always Constitute a Brown Act Violation if the Meeting Proceeds

    BY: Scott Danforth, Jessica Armijo, Mark Bresee

    On January 19, 2016, the California Attorney General issued Opinion No. 14-1203, which concluded the Brown Act’s online agenda-posting requirement for regular meetings is not necessarily violated if the local agency’s website experiences technical difficulties (e.g., power failure, cyber-attack, or other third-party interference) that cause the agenda to become inaccessible to the public for a […] more

  2. October 26, 2015

    City’s Legislative Body Has No Protectable Copyright Interest in Video Recordings of Public Meetings

    BY: Cathie Fields, Lisa Allred

    Meetings of school boards, city councils, county boards of supervisors, community college boards and other “legislative bodies” are open to the public, with minor exceptions, under the Ralph M. Brown Act. Members of the public have access to these meetings and may use them as a forum to criticize the work of the legislative bodies. […] more

  3. July 7, 2014

    Proposition 42 and the Death of Mandated Cost Reimbursement

    BY: Cathie Fields, Warren Kinsler

    In 1979, California voters added section 6 to Article 13B of the State Constitution, which specifies that if the state imposes any “new program or higher level of service” on any local government (including a school district), the state must reimburse the locality for the costs of the program or increased level of service. (Clovis […] more

  4. August 1, 2012

    The Brown Act and State Funding: “To Post, or Not to Post? That is the Question…”

    BY: Chesley Quaide

    On June 27, 2012, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1464, the Budget Act of 2012 (“Budget Act”), and the Education Finance Budget Trailer Bill, Senate Bill 1016 (“Trailer Bill”). The Budget Act included a suspension of mandates concerning a body of law that is near and dear to the heart of public agencies, the Brown […] more